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A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Conflict Resolution and Parenting--The Clothes Standoff

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Our daughter is 3 1/2 years old and 3 1/2 is a time when personalities begin to crystallize. For my daughter that mean that she is a girl who knows increasingly knows what she wants. Unfortunately for her, she is the smallest person in our house, which means that she has the least amount of control over her life. And at 3 1/2 it means that she is just learning how to communicate. And when she is upset and at a loss for words she tends to scream and cry. Despite what you might think, screaming and crying is not a very effective conflict resolution tool. Instead that tends to escalate it. The toddler last year in an outfit she liked. Increasingly at our house, conflict tends to surround clothes.  Even though I do a decent amount of conflict resolution training a part of my job, my toddler and her strong personality, sometimes causes me to doubt all of my experience.  She is very adamant about what she likes and what she wants to wear. Most days her choice wearing a d

Working Mom Tip: Kate Spade Sale (Up to 75% Off)

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Kate Spade Sale! One of the perks of being a working mom is being able to go to work and wear grown up clothes . And one of the best designers for clothes for working women is Kate Spade. She makes clothes that are fashionable and work approrpriate. No offense to Kate, but her clothes can be kind of pricey. For that reason I always LOVE when they go on sale. They are on sale now. And since I share what I love with all of you, here you go! Click here to enjoy the savings: http://surprise.katespade.com Consider this my Halloween present to you. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! (This is not a sponsored post.)    

Dress First: A Great Site to Find a Stunning Homecoming Dress

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This is a sponsored post, meaning that I have received compensation in exchange for my honest opinions about this product. We are in the last days of summer. That means that it is back to school time and time for football! Football season means that it Homecoming season will be upon us before we know it. That means that mothers and their daughters will be in search of dresses. Shopping for mothers and their teen-aged daughters can lead to arguments about cut and cost. While I can’t answer the age old questions about what is the right age to wear a strapless dress or show cleavage I can share a new site I discovered that has great dresses at reasonable prices. I was excited to be asked to review this site. I am a sucker for fashion. I also remember fighting with my mother about dresses for every school dance. Also, as a working mom, I am all about saving time. Traipsing through the mall to find a dress can be a huge time waster.     Also, shopping on the Internet is a grea

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Urban Life

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" Out of the mouths of babes... " Matthew 21:16   Living in the city with a toddler means that we spend a lot of time at playgrounds . Indeed, the parks in Pittsburgh are some of the cities richest treasures. My daughter loves the Pittsburgh city playgrounds.   My daughter enjoys the parks so much that   last week when I took too long to get ready she looked at me and said, “Mommy, this is ridiculous!” Where did she learn to say “ridiculous” at 2.5? Apparently, her father.   Later that week, I overheard him tell her “You’re a big girl, this is getting ridiculous!” after she pooped in her pants for the second time in as many days .   Children absorb what we say and learn lessons about how to conduct themselves based on what we teach them. While ridiculous might not be the most appropriate word choice for a toddler, I had to respect how she used it in appropriate context and had just the right inflection to communicate her point. And since instead of going to

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Kenny Chesney Comes to Pittsburgh

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I have been pretty faithful to my Saturday morning runs for the past few months and it has felt good. There is something really empowering about being up before most people, including my family, and touring the city by foot. Sometimes, I run with a group, but most often I have been running alone.   As a working mom, I value my solitude and I enjoy the endorphins that come with running. The " runner's high " is real!   This morning, the sun was shining, the humidity was low and it was getting hot. However, even though I enjoy it, I didn't really want to run this morning. My bed was warm, Andre was in it, and sleep is very seductive.   Still, I got up, laced up my sneakers and I powered through it. And eventually it started to feel really good. As I ran, I noticed that there were a lot more people up and about. There were pick up trucks and cowboy hats everywhere. There were little girls in cowboy boots . There was music playing in the air. It was as if

Friday Tip: Children's Clothes at a Discount!

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Pittburghers, New York City just finished celebrating the “ Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ”.   So, I thought I’d share a fashion deal with you.   If you have kids or like some, check out Snuggle Bugs and Company! It is a great consignment shop specializing in high quality, stylish clothes that sell for 60% to 90% off of retail! That way you can keep your kids in style without depleting their college fund! Snuggle Bugs & Company is having an upcoming event on September 15th-17th, and 20th-22nd. The store is located in the former Value City Store at 292 Curry Hollow Road. Visit the store and choose from a vast selection of high quality, current items. Shop with ease in a store that is super-organized and connect with other parents who can give you parenting advice for free. (Perhaps I’m the only one who seeks advice from strangers…)   Their site is located at http://www.snugglebugsconsignment.com/ . Check out the store and let me know if you visit!

Working Mom Tip: Find Cute, Affordable Clothes at FabKids!

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I love dressing my daughter in cute, comfortable clothes . However, I hate when she is wearing the same Gap, Gymboree, or Carter’s clothes as all of the other little girls. For that reason, I was thrilled to discover FabKids ! FabKids is a website started by Christina Applegate and her business partner. It is a subscription-based, retail site that offers great kids fashion in styled outfits matched to each girl’s personal style. The clothes are easy to mix-and-match with each other, or existing wardrobe pieces. It can fuel your love for stylish kids’ clothes and all things “ Hollywood ”!   On FabKids where you can buy stylish, personalized clothes. When you visit the site you have the opportunity to take a "Fun Style Quiz". Based on the result of that quiz they tailor the outfits to match your little girl’s personality. FabKids will suggest an outfit to you each month. However, the offer does NOT auto-ship. Normally, these playfully styled outfits are $39.95. It’s e

Working Mom Tales: Another Peek Into My Life

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(Here's a post that I neglected to publish from a couple of weeks ago.) I've been working with a graphic designer to develop a logo. She changed strategies because she felt like our initial version was too busy and chaotic. Upon reflection, that image may be conveying the right image. It seems as if my entire mission in life is to find clarity in the midst of the chaos... It's Saturday morning and I am a presenter at a conference that is focused on effective communication in healthcare . So, while it is the weekend, I woke up at 6:30 AM, got dressed in real clothes and drove to downtown Pittsburgh so that I could educate a crowd of people things that I do in my real job. It went well and people at the conference probably think that I "have it together". My high school drama experience has served me quite well. Here's what they didn’t see...

Mommy Mondays: Mondays can be a Special Kind of Crazy

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As a working mom, experiencing a Monday is kind of like living in the Twilight Zone . This morning I had a meeting downtown at 8:30 AM.   The meeting was at a different place and earlier than I usually work. Since I live near downtown and it was a nice day I decided to walk . I was excited to walk because usually I drive to work. Also, I was proud of myself since walking was a green choice. Walking took planning. Walking meant that I had to wear flats and I had to select clothes that went with them. I have a lot of clothes, but at 5’2” I usually wear stilettos.   However, there’s no way that I could teeter all the way to the meeting in heels.   I settled on a pair of persimmon colored Franco Sarto loafers with a slight heel. They had rubber soles so they were perfect. I found an olive, Marc New York and paired it with a striped blazer. I was excited that I found a good outfit and shoes that I wouldn’t mind wearing all day instead of lugging a pair of shoes with me. When you’re w

An Ode to Memorial Day (and White Jeans)... (Part I)

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I have had a soft place in my heart for Memorial Day since becoming an adult and began drinking adult beverages. It is the official beginning of summer. And I have had a crush on summer for sometime. ( See "Summer is My New Boyfriend") Summer is the time when I can wear shorts, let my hair dry naturally and wear it curly, and wear my white jeans . True confession though, I wore white jeans on our vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida last month. I love my white jeans. I got lucky an scored a boot cut pair by Elie Tahari several years ago and I try to wear them as often as the fashion rules allow. As InStyle magazine points out they can be sporty, dressy, or sexy. They are universal. And they scream "warm weather"! InStyle Magazine "How to Wear White Jeans" Even though I pride myself on being appropriate and knowing fashion rules, the white jean thing is somewhat of a moving target. Some people insist that Memorial Day is the beginning of white je

Style Tip for My Stylish Friends: HUGE One Day Kate Spade Sale

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I am so excited that I can barely type.  Kate Spade , the answer for women who want clothes that are feminine, elegant, and stylish is having a huge sale! (Visit Kate Spade HUGE Sale ) If you are into fashion , you know that Kate Spade, in all of its splendor, can be kinda pricey, especially for women trying to balance a budget and save for a good vacation! Bless the fashion gods and the Kate Spade board of directors  for hearing our prayers and giving us a gift. Today, you can buy Kate Spade products for up to 75% off just in time for Spring and Summer fashion! If you need a cute dress for a wedding coming up, some shoes to match and/or a diaper bag , visit the Kate Spade site. I promise you. You will score! If you click on the " Ebates " tab on the top left of my blog you can get the discount AND earn 3.5% cash back on your purchases. That means you will get a check for shopping. And you can use that check on your vacation! Does it get any better than that???

A Deep Dive into my Closet: Mining for Gloves

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At work people talk about doing a “ deep dive ” into a topic so that they can do more thorough analysis. Well, this weekend, I did a “deep dive” into one of my closets and found at least fifteen pair of gloves. Who needs that many gloves, really??? I can’t even attribute some of them to Andre or to the baby. They were all mine, accumulated at various stages of my life. For the record, the fifteen pair does not include the mismatched misfits looking for their cosmic twin. To be fair, some were free. There are a pair that I got at the Winter Olympics that were in Salt Lake City . I was fortunate to score a free trip and tickets to some key events from an ex-boyfriend. We attended the games as guests of Monster .com and they showed us a fantastic time. That time included Monster fleeces with matching scarves and gloves and a bunch of other trinkets all provided gratis. That explains the bright orange pair that I would never have purchased, but they do represent fond memories. So

Fashion Missteps and the Working Mom...

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I have a lot of clothes . Most were purchased back when I was a “hot” chick—before Andre and before the baby. Truth be told, if I hadn’t been such a hot chick I may not have snagged Andre. Who knows about that? Knowing him, he didn’t even notice my clothes. While I would be much further along with the baby’s college fund if I had fewer clothes in my closet, I would have had much less fun. Fashion is an exercise in creativity. At the end of the day, fashion is an exercise in creativity and my clothes are my paint brush . Sometimes though, because of my sheer volume of clothes, shoes and accessories, I get overwhelmed or make a fashion mistake. Once I bought a pair of black boots nearly identical to a pair already in my closet. Granted, the second pair gripped my calves better than the first pair. Still, had I remembered that I had purchased the first pair I would have saved my money. OK, that’s probably not true. I would have probably bought something else. Before Andre came

Productivity...

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Like most people I greeted the new year full of vigor and ambition.  Just four days into the year and I am starting to wonder whether everyone else got something when the clock clicked at midnight that I didn’t get. I have been in meetings with people confessing how they have made such progress towards their resolutions.  Also, the commercials suggest that everyone goes to bed on December 31 st and wakes up the next day with increased discipline and commitment.  On January 1 st you should be able to lose weight, find more time to exercise, and become an overall better person. Well, I went to bed on December 31 st and woke up on January 1 st with my same issues.  Happy, but with my same issues.  Content, but with my same issues.  Well rested, but with my same issues. Perhaps I don’t have the right type of mattress???  Here were some of my goals.  I was supposed to go to bed earlier.  Wake up earlier.  Become more organized.  And have a sparkling home with no laundry

Most Mothers are Too Sexy For Pajama Jeans

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When I was pregnant and on maternity leave I had a revelation, yoga pants are about the most comfortable thing ever made. I even thought that I could happily wear them every day. They were soft, stretchy and forgiving.  They did not restrict me and they never gave me a hard time.  They were not quite manna from heaven.  However, I was so grateful because they were there for me in my time of need. Yoga Pants, A Pregnant Woman's Best Friend Yoga Pants felt like wearing pajamas all day! Although my brain was altered from all of the hormones I remembered what I was like pre-pregnancy.  I was flitting around in constricting skinny jeans and high heeled boots. And although I thought I looked pretty hot, that outfit was not nearly as comfortable as the yoga pants and matching shirts that I wore day after day after day while I was on maternity leave.  I thought that I had solved the fashion dilemma, I could be cute and comfortable!

A Glamorous Night for a Mom...

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Even though I'm a mom, there are times when I still get out to kick it, sans baby, sans Andre, and I try to represent as well as I did as a single person.  After all, having a baby and getting coupled up does not mean that you have turned in your glam card now does it?! I was so thrilled with my outfit from the night below I just had to share it with my blog readers.  I also had to share the story of how the outfit came together so that my fellow moms out there could know that no source of inspiration should be ignored.  Also, everything can become new again if you know how to style it! The dress was new.  It was one of those somewhat generic, Macy's , Calvin Klein finds that always seems to go on sale.  And, I got this one for a steal. Somehow, it fit me like a glove, which made it special and made me take it home.  The shoes had never been worn, but I they had been in my closet for awhile.  They're really high and not the kind of shoes you wear while carry

Now that I am pregnant, everyone in the world seems so skinny…

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Perhaps it’s the summer or just coincidence, but it seems as I have been expanding everyone else has been shrinking. For the past two months I have been wearing dresses to accommodate my ever growing belly without looking like I am wearing a tent. And all of the other girls in the world have developed an affection, and the body, for skinny jeans . While I am incredibly happy about the reason for my expanding girth, and cannot wait to meet my baby, I still miss being one of the sexy girls (at least in my own mind). I miss viewing the sidewalk as my personal catwalk where I could sashay and be noticed by my imaginary paparazzi. I miss getting looks of lust instead of the looks of protection that men now give me because I am still wearing heels well into my third trimester . I can see them praying that I don’t topple over in front of them forcing them to be chivalrous. Given the miracle that I am experiencing, it seems incredibly shallow to lament my old figure. However, I can’t

Clothes May Make the Woman

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"So forget the inner me , observe the outer... I am what I wear and how I dress." ( Amneris , "Aida") What you choose to wear communicates a message. It can tell the world if you are happy, sad, conservative, or looking for a date. There also certain fashion milestones for women that announce to the world your stage of life. Often the first time that a girl wears sheer pantyhose or high heels indicates that she is no longer a little girl . The first time you are allowed to wear makeup out of the house or wear your hair down to a party are all signals to the world that you’re a young lady. A low cut blouse, a pair of tight jeans, and a mini skirt can tell the world that you are more than a nice young lady. You are a lady looking for a good time…

The lesson of my health scare...

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Since my health scare thoughts about my health have become all consuming. I have also been trying to make sense of my life. I understand more than most that bad things happen to good people—saints and sinners alike. While I haven’t allowed myself to dwell on “why me”, I have struggled to resume my life. Nothing in my life feels like it did before my hospitalization. Even my clothes feel ill fitting. After leaving the hospital I struggled with picking out an outfit. I felt strange donning my normal attire . As desperately as I wanted to “get back to normal” I found it impossible to return to normal when my experience had changed me forever. Putting on my clothes made me feel like I was an impostor--masquerading as a normal girl. Since leaving the hospital I have learned that the severity of my infection could have caused me to lose my limbs, have permanent organ damage, or even die. Every time I look at my hands and legs I am convinced of how blessed I am to be walking

The Walk of Shame "Retail Style"

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When you shop as much as I do, you are bound to have engaged in a decent amount of scandalous retail behavior. As a teenager, I begged my mother for clothes in the store. I have tried on clothes in line. I have bought a party outfit on my way to the party. While somewhat unorthodox, these are not shameful activities. However, recently I witnessed the walk of shame performed with such finesse that I had to write about it. A couple of weeks ago my sister and I were shopping when I saw a girl and a guy with whom we had been partying the night before. As I said hello, I realized that they were both wearing the same clothes from the party. Indeed, it was a Sunday afternoon and she was wearing messy hair, a cobalt blue shirt, a thigh high mini skirt , and a guilty grin. She handled the situation with style though. She simply looked me in the eye, winked and said, “girl, don’t even ask…” While I hope that I am never forced to continue the party the next day without a shower, I had to